'The conductor said there is no point in complaining about misbehaviour'
I had a bad experience once when I was travelling by bus from the Bandra bus depot to Andheri.mumbai Updated: Jun 12, 2012 00:36 IST
I had a bad experience once when I was travelling by bus from the Bandra bus depot to Andheri.
It was around 1pm. As the bus was really crowded, I could not get a seat and nor could many of the other women commuters. As the bus proceeded to Andheri (east), it started getting more and more crowded.
A few bus stops ahead of the Bandra depot, a man in his 30s, who was seemingly under the influence of alcohol, boarded the bus.
Using the excuse that the bus was very crowded, he intentionally brushed past me as well as several other women. Some of the women finally told him to move ahead and away from the seats reserved for women. However, he refused to budge. That’s when some other women and I raised our voices and told him to either stop misbehaving or else get off the bus immediately.
Instead of backing off, the man started yelling at us.
Hearing the ruckus, the conductor stepped in and told him to move ahead, but he again refused to do so, saying that he has a valid ticket and that there is no space in the bus for him to move ahead. He continued arguing in this manner until his stop came. When I asked the conductor why he had let the man leave instead of taking him to authorities, he advised me to let go of the matter.
"Such incidents happen all the time. There is no point in complaining about them," he said.